Monday, October 27, 2014

MFT's October Creative Challenge - Cork

Thanks for stopping by for MFT's October Creative Challenge. Our line of Die-namics cuts such a wide variety of materials. This month, we’ve asked the team to put them to use with the cork sheets we offer to craft cards and projects you’ll want to stick a pin in for inspiration you'll return to over and over.

Be sure to stop by the MFT Blog for the list of designers sharing projects. 

On my first card I used the Polka Dot Cover-Up Die-namics to cut a cork sheet to create the background for my card. The cork sheets cut so easily and clean and add a wonderful warmth and texture to any project. 

The sentiment is from the Christmas Labels and Tags Stamp Set, stamping Whip Cream Ink on Wild Cherry Card Stock

The flower is created with the Poinsettia Die-namics and mounted on a circle cut with the Pierced Circle Die-namics. I also added a few gold sequins from my stash. 

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp Set, added a place for a gift card with the Gift Card Grooves Die-namics, and stamped the background with the Confetti Background Stamp. 

Here's a look at my second project. Not only is the cork easy to to cut you can stamp and sponge ink directly on the cork. I cut the cork flourish with the Leaf-Filled Flourish Die-namics and sponged ink on the edges of the leaves. I stamped a sentiment from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set directly on the cork with Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink

The background on the card is sponged with the Herringbone Bricks Stencil and Natural Premium Dye Ink on Primitive Cream Card Stock. My circles are cut with the Stitchable Dot Circle STAX Die-namics, laced with floss, the Pierced Circle and Circle 1 STAX Die-namics. 

The flower is created with the Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose Die-namics and Whip Cream Felt.

On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the a sentiment from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set.

Here are the products I used to create the first card:

Here are the products I used to create the second card:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tim Holtz's October Tag - Treats

I had a little time just to play this weekend and decide to give Tim Holtz's October Tag for 2014 a try, something I have been wanting to do for ages! I gave my tag a little bit more of a feminine feel because I plan to tie the tag on bag that will go to one of adult daughters. 

To create the background I sponged Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink on a Manila Tag. Then I used the Gothic Stencil and black embossing paste to lay down the pattern. Once the embossing paste was dry I added a little more color with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. 

Then I sprayed the background with Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stain. The photo does not do the spray justice. It is so pretty in person and added the perfect amount of shine. 

The bottle and pumpkin are from the Mini Blueprints 5 Stamp Set. I added color with Copic Markers, cut the images out and added a coat of Glossy Accents. It was so fun to experiment!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

MFT's October Organizational Challenge - Buttons and Ribbons

Buttons and ribbons are tools of the trade when it comes to adding those finishing details to our projects and packages but they can quickly overwhelm us in volume and sheer number of color, shape, and size options. This month, our team is sharing how they're able to manage their multitude of trimmings.

You can stop by the MFT Blog for the list of designers sharing their tips this month. 


I've have only had my own room with door for my office for about about four years. I appreciate it so much! I really don't like a lot clutter in any room in my house including my office/studio. I really like to be able to put everything away. That doesn't mean my office looks perfect all the time. When I am in the middle of a release I don't clean it for days! 

This storage unit is where I store my ribbon and buttons, along with lots of other odds and ends! I've had the cabinet for the last four years and I have been very happy with my purchase. I ordered it on line from the But I have to be honest, it was an investment.  I was really nervous to buy something like this on-line, but I did know a couple of people who had purchased from the company. I do remember that I bought it on sale which is a much better price. It is the Triple Walnut Cabinet with black drawers. 

I bought some of the inserts that fit inside to drawers so I could have different compartments for sorting.  These are also from  I store my buttons by color. I have four drawers that house my MFT Buttons. 

I have another drawer that stores odds and ends button I have collected over the years.

I store ribbons by color in the three inch drawers. I have five drawers dedicated to ribbon. Some of the drawers have a few colors in them, like the second drawer in the picture has pinks and greens. 

My MFT Ribbons have their own dedicated drawer.

I also have a drawer that stores different kinds of twines. 

So I thought I would finish off my post with a card that showcases buttons and ribbons. 

I used the Triangle Screen Die-namics to create by background, inlaying a few Sour Apple Card Stock triangles. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. 

To create my ice cream cone I used a die in the Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics and stamped the pattern with the Burlap Background Stamp, stamping Kraft Ink on Kraft Card Stock. Then I added a scoop of ice cream with Pink Lemonade Buttons. I adhered and coated the buttons with Glossy Accents and sprinkled a little glitter on top of the buttons. I added a strip of Sour Apple Ribbon across the center of the card. 

On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. 

Here are the products I used to create my card:

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